The Candlemas Islands (Spanish: Islas Candelaria) are a group of small uninhabited islands lying at the northern end of the South Sandwich Islands, 23 miles (37 km) southeast of Visokoi Island. They consist of Candlemas Island itself (57°05′S 26°39′W / 57.083°S 26.65°W / -57.083; -26.65), Vindication Island (57°06′S 26°47′W / 57.1°S 26.783°W / -57.1; -26.783) and numerous rocks.
The Candlemas Islands were discovered on February 2, 1775 by a British expedition under James Cook, who named them to commemorate the day of their discovery.
Coordinates: 57°5′S 26°44′W / 57.083°S 26.733°W / -57.083; -26.733
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